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Sweet Cleveland Democratic debate live blog 1. Clinton denies Obama Africa photo leak

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CLEVELAND, OHIO—This is it, the last Democratic primary debate. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton look grim. They are very serious.

They are talking about negative campaigning, who did what.

But the question of whether a Clinton campaigner leaked to the Drudge Report the picture of Obama in local garb during a visit to the Wajir region of Kenya just came up. It’s become a sensationalized story. Could Clinton unequivocally say her campaign did not put it out?

“Well, so far as I know, it did not. And I certainly know nothing about it and have made clear that that's notthe kind of behavior that I condone or expect from the people workingin my campaign. But we have no evidence where it came from,'' she said.

"So I think that it's clear what I would do if it were someone in my campaign, as I have in the past: asking people to leave my campaign if they do things that I disagree with."

Obama said let's move on.

“Well, first of all, I take Senator Clinton at her word that she knew nothing about the photo. So I think that's something that we can set aside.”

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When is Sen. Obama going to be asked by someone other than Lynn Sweet about his 05 and 06 earmarks? When he releases those--Hilary can release her stuff. Let's stop pretending the drive for money right now is anything but DIRTY for everyone but a candidate who ONLY takes public funding. Please. The source of the photo? Either a DNC operative who wanted to see how this would fly before they twist one arm or another into concedeing; or an Obama operative, or a Republican operative.

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